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FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS Literary Events on the North Coast

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, May 06, 2017

Following the Gold Coast launch of Flying through Clouds, I headed south to Lismore Library for a YA Writing Workshop. Lismore was still recovering from a devastating flood but the Library was open for business. It's hard to believe that only a few weeks earlier there had been 1.5 metres of water on the ground floor of the Library. Several keen budding authors turned up for my workshop.

I left Lismore early the following morning and drove to Grafton Library, a beautiful new building with lots of natural light. At this talk, I incorporated a Powerpoint presentation of historical photos to give the audience a feel for Australia in the 1930s, when Flying through Clouds is set.

After spending a relaxing weekend in Coffs Harbour, I headed to Port Macquarie Library for a High Tea literary event, where I talked about my writing process and the challenges of writing historical fiction for young adults. The High Tea event was a great success with more than 20 people attending.

The final venue of the Book Tour was Taree Library for another book launch and author talk, with lots of interest in my research and writing processes.

Many thanks to my host libraries for organising and promoting these events and for your warm welcomes and delicious teas. I hope you all enjoy reading Flying through Clouds!

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Queensland Launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, May 04, 2017

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS was launched in Queensland at Dymocks Brisbane on 24 April and at Broadbeach Library on 26 April.

Both launches included author talks and readings, with lots of questions from enthusiastic audiences.

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Launch of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS In the Hunter and New England

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, April 22, 2017

I've had a wonderful time this week chatting to enthusiastic readers at book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS at Muswellbrook and Quirindi Libraries, and at Reader's Companion Bookshop in Armidale.


It was such a pleasure to talk about my new novel and to discuss books with teenage and adult audiences. I was made to feel very welcome, and the atmosphere at each venue was relaxed and informal. Signing copies of my books is always such a buzz.

I look forward to the next leg of my Book Tour in sunny Queensland, with launches at Dymocks Brisbane on 24 April and Broadbeach Library on 26 April. Heading down the coast, I'll be running a YA writing workshop at Lismore Library, and giving author talks at Grafton, Port Macquarie and Taree Libraries. I'll then head home for a well-deserved rest!

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Writing Workshops and YA Book Club

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Another busy week of the Flying through Clouds Book Tour with events at Better Read than Dead Bookshop in Newtown (Sydney) and Shoalhaven Libraries on the beautiful South Coast.

I was the guest author at the YA Book Club at Better Read than Dead and enjoyed discussing Flying through Clouds and other YA books. I was so pleased that Arielle Gamble, the cover and layout artist of Flying through Clouds was able to come as well.

My Author Talks and YA Writing Workshops at Nowra and Ulladulla Libraries were attended by lots of bright and budding authors. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and it was a delight to talk about my new novel and to run the Writing Workshops. Thanks to all!

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Book Launches for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, April 09, 2017

It's been an amazing week with book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS in Bowral (Southern Highlands), Canberra and at Gerringong (South Coast).

 

It was heart-warming to be surrounded by family and friends at the Bowral launch of Flying through Clouds at Bowral Art Gallery on Saturday April 1. Marie Fitzpatrick from The Bookshop Bowral was the MC, Maryanne Williams launched the book then I gave a talk about the book and did a reading. The catering was mostly a family affair with friends pitching in to help as well. Thanks to all for making the Bowral Launch such a special occasion.

The Canberra Launch on Wednesday 5 April at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka may have been a smaller crowd but they were a keenly interested audience, asking lots of questions after my talk. Canberra features in a couple of chapters of Flying through Clouds, and I've been a frequent visitor to this beautiful city over the past 20 years, so it was a special event.

The South Coast launch of Flying through Clouds was a few days later on Saturday April 8 at the amazing Gerringong Museum. An exhibition of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's landing of Southern Cross on Seven Mile Beach, which I first saw at the museum four years ago, was one of my inspirations for writing the book. Seven chapters of the book are set on the South Coast at the time of Smithy's landing in January 1933. Thanks to Helen, Matt, Bobbie and the Gerringong & District Historical Society for hosting the event, and to the enthusiastic audience, some of whom have relatives who were there on Seven Mile Beach when Southern Cross landed and took off the following morning on the first commercial flight to New Zealand.

I look forward to all my upcoming events on the Flying through Clouds Book Tour, with events to come in Sydney, Nowra, Ulladulla, Muswellbrook, Quirindi, Armidale, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Lismore, Grafton, Port Macquarie and Taree.

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Flying through Clouds Book Tour

Michelle Morgan - Friday, March 10, 2017

After the launch of Flying through Clouds in Bowral on 1 April, I'll be heading off on a Book Tour. I'll be following in the footsteps of my main character and visiting several places mentioned in the book. The Book Tour includes Book Launches, Talks and Writing Workshops:

1 April – Bowral Launch – BDAS Bowral Art Gallery 5pm (Bookings are required)

5 April – Canberra Launch – Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka 6pm

8 April – South Coast Launch – Gerringong Museum 2pm

11 April – Sydney Launch & YA Book Club – Better Read than Dead, Newtown 4.30pm

12 April – Book Talk & YA Writing Workshop – Ulladulla Library 10am; Nowra Library 2.30pm

19 April – Hunter Launch – Muswellbrook Library 11am

20 April – Book Talk and Launch – Quirindi Library 11am

21 April – Book Talk and Launch – Reader's Companion, Armidale 4pm

24 April – Brisbane Launch – Dymocks Brisbane 6pm

26 April – Gold Coast Launch – Broadbeach Library 10am

27 April – Book Talk & YA Writing Workshop – Lismore Library 5pm

28 April – Book Talk and Launch – Grafton Library 11am

1 May – Book Talk and Launch – Port Macquarie Library 4.15pm

2 May – Book Talk and Launch – Taree Library 3.45pm   

Hope to see you there!
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"Flying through Clouds" is at the printer

Michelle Morgan - Monday, February 13, 2017

In the last month, I not only finished compiling teachers' notes for Flying through Clouds, but I've almost finalised the itinerary of a book tour, started planning a blog tour, and the big one - I sent the final PDF files for Flying through Clouds to Griffin Press for printing.

After compiling the Teachers' Notes, I ran them past a friend and former high school English teacher, who had some helpful advice. I made a few changes then sent the final Teachers' Notes to Australian Standing Orders and uploaded the PDF to the Books page of my website.

I set the date for the launch of Flying through Clouds in Bowral - 1 April - then proceeded to organise a book tour. I wanted to follow the route taken by my main character in Flying through Clouds. I've organised author talks and workshops at bookshops and libraries in Canberra, the South Coast, Sydney, the Hunter, New England, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and North Coast of NSW. Dymocks in Brisbane and Armidale Library have already posted publicity for their events on the web. I'll put the full itinerary of the book tour on this blog as soon as the details are finalised.

I've also started arranging a blog tour, where I'll be writing articles to be published as guest posts on various author and literary blogs. Some of these articles will be about Flying through Clouds, others will be about writing for young adults, my research process, marketing strategies, publishing journey, historical events that inspired me and some interesting trivia.

It was a painstaking task having to read through the final PDFs to be sent to the printers. I alternated between reading the proofs on paper, on an iPad and a PC. Arielle Gamble, the cover and layout artist, did a brilliant job with the final changes and I sent the PDFs to the printer on 2 February. The printer has a backlog of jobs and has been slowed down by blackouts due to the heatwaves this summer. I'm hoping they meet the deadline and deliver the printed books in the first week of March.

Every Wednesday morning I've been busy compiling tweets and posting them on behalf of the Historical Novel Society of Australasia. The 2017 HNSA Conference will be held in Melbourne in September, and I'm part of a volunteer social media team helping with publicity. I'll also be appearing on a panel of authors at a satellite HNSA event in Sydney on 26 July.

Only three more nail-biting weeks until Flying through Clouds arrives back from the printer. 

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